A Roll of the Dice
Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 7.30 PM
Radiator Gallery Project Space | 10-61 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, New York
On December 14, Hungarian-born visual artist ANDRÁS BÖRÖCZ will present his special performance A Roll of the Dice at the Radiator Gallery Project Space accompanied by two film projections by videographer KLÁRA PALOTAI and a live sound collaboration by TIBOR SZEMZŐ and LÁSZLÓ GŐZ.
Böröcz started his art career in Budapest in the Seventies, when a new system of cultural politics emerged in Hungary, defined by the so-called “Three T’s” of cultural activity: támogatott (supported), tűrt (tolerated) and tiltott (prohibited). Böröcz’s art practice fit into all three categories: after graduating with a degree in painting from the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts, he received the (supported) state-sponsored Derkovits Scholarship, but he was an active member of two underground art groups, in which he created experimental, multimedia performances, which were either tolerated or prohibited.
Moving to New York City in 1985, and falling in love with the pencil as a material in the Nineties, he is continuing to make multimedia performances relying on two basic parts: documentary video and live performance with video projection. Absurdity being a core aspect of Böröcz’s work and long been documented by Palotai, the inspiration behind A Roll of the Dice came from walls of a parking lot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, consisting of three by three by three foot concrete blocks piled on top of each other. Through these objects, the artist continues his explorations as the idiot savant, presenting concrete poetry, a concrete cube costume, and cube boxes made of matzo, which he calls pandoras.
About the Artists
András Böröcz is a NYC-based visual and performing artist, born in Budapest, Hungary. His work has been exhibited extensively in Europe and the U.S. since 1983. Working with his own personal iconography based on objects by playing with function and cultural symbols, and by exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to contemporary society, he makes works that can be seen as portraits of himself and also of everyman. His personal expression is transformed to a collective experience through humor and in his choices of materials. His artwork is represented by the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in Chelsea.
The program is organized as part of the official closing event of the HCC's Counter/Culture programming series focusing on Hungarian artistic resistance during State Socialism.